A poll of 2,000 UK employees found gender biased language and use of stereotypes is widespread within workplaces, with 42 per cent of women claiming they’ll be asked to make a round compared to just 16 per cent of men.
Females are also more likely (50 per cent vs 21 per cent) to be asked about the wellbeing of their children, and to do menial or admin-based tasks (37 per cent vs 19 per cent).
It also emerged women are made the target of sexist jokes almost three times more than men (43 per cent vs 15 per cent).
The research was commissioned by Samsung UK and Ireland, which has committed to driving greater diversity and inclusion in the tech industry by becoming a Tech Talent Charter signatory.
Adapting over time
It also found those polled hear gender biased language used in their workplace an average of four times a week.
Specific instances included “persistently being called lady, sweetheart, or darling” and “being referred to as a woman ‘of my age’ after requesting a fan.”
And such things aren’t just said in informal chats, as 40 per cent have experienced gender biased language in meetings and 30 per cent during job interviews.
Tanya Weller, founder of employee resource group, [email protected], said: “The findings have revealed some shocking revelations about the stereotypes used towards women at work and how our choice of words is creating barriers to inclusivity in the workplace.
“Like all things, language adapts with time, and we know that as a society, we must evolve with it, by implementing a roadmap that drives greater equality and inclusion.
“For instance, we work closely with Textio to ensure that we set things off as we mean to go on and apply gender inclusive language in all of our job adverts at Samsung UK and Ireland.”
Introducing inclusive language
On a positive note,

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